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Old Nov 23, 2012, 03:50 PM   #426
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Lol. It ain't gonna sell much at that stupid price.
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 08:30 PM   #427
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$400 for a hub? That is obsurd. Seriously who in charge of pricing at belkin. That must have been sniffing bath salts.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:06 AM   #428
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Any word on when this will be released?
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 08:59 AM   #429
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Belkin v. Matrox hubs, considerations...

Well, now that Matrox DS1 is shipping, we're faced with a challenge. Cost concerns aside, does the Matrox DS1 hub (assuming it performs as advertised) have enough of the right stuff, or are we gonna' wait until the first quarter of '13, for the ExpressDock.

I drew up this flow chart, to illustrate the ways in which I might use either one. All cables originate from the computer (rMBP), splitting to either the Belkin or Matrox device, depending on which I've got.

CONCERNS/NOTES
*I've had difficulties using my Apple SuperDrive (CD/DVD) on powered USB 2 hubs. For the Matrox DS1 scenario, I'm plugging it directly into one of the rMBP USB 3 ports. I'd be surprised if it works on a Matrox DS1 USB 2 port, and I need the Matrox's USB 3 for external audio equipment (Not going to be upgrading THAT to thunderbolt anytime soon. Same goes for my external HDD).
*Presently, I use an adapter for the rMBP's (hybrid?) 3.5mm audio-out port to a Toslink optical audio cable, which runs to my A/V receiver. I would be surprised if the audio out ports on EITHER of these two hubs supports digital, and so I might very well have to keep my direct rMBP-->A/V receiver hookup, despite the ones on the hub. I'll likely use the mic port on the hub, however.
*With the Belkin, My USB 3/Firewire external HDD is going to have a dedicated Firewire port. A nice advantage over my USB 2 solution, using the Matrox (of course I COULD plug it into the free USB 3 port on the rMBP, but I'm trying to make USE of the dock here )
*The thunderbolt passthrough port on the Belkin is irrelevant for this scenario, because I'm just going to use a TB-->DVI-D adapter to my external monitor (not a thunderbolt device), anyway. Nice perk though, if I were to buy a thunderbolt monitor. Not gonna' happen soon. Additionally, the rMBP sports a second TB port anyway, for future needs.

Upshot is, I'm having a whole lot of trouble justifying the wait, to buy the Belkin instead of the Matrox. And it's cheaper, too.

Just noticed, Belkin changed their ExpressDock design, w/ all TB ports on back, no e-sata (fine by me).
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 11:20 AM   #430
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hmm, nic bit of kit
way too overpriced!

as $=£ by the time these things hit the other side of the atlantic, i think £400 (including TB lead) is extoerenate, i really can not see anyone buying, even those desperate to use their TB ports.

i would rather put the money towards a BTO iMac
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 11:00 PM   #431
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Wayyyyy to many $$$. I just have MDP, Ethernet, and USB 2 "docking" my MBP.
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 05:17 AM   #432
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Looks Nice, High Price

Any word on if they rethought their genius idea to way out price end users?

I would be interested at the $250ish Matrox is currently charging.

Or even better, perhaps another manufacturer, far better than Belkin has something in the pipeline? Even E-Machines would be higher quality than most Belkin gear .

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 12:14 PM   #433
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CONTENDER - Henge Docks horizontal TB docking station

MacRumors user JKColo22 posted an interesting product link:

http://hengedocks.com/order_horizontal_dock.php

...on this parallel thread:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16790901

Henge Docks, LLC. manufactures vertically-oriented docks for the MacBook line. This model (not yet shipping, Q3) has three MiniDisplay ports, instead of TB passthrough. The Thunderbolt model isn't due out until Q4 2013. More vaporware? Perhaps, but the company's current line of products *appear* valid -- I haven't found a preponderance of reviews online to support this belief, but they have a convincing story, haha.

Quoting myself from the other thread,

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Henge Docks looks like a cool company. I bet their mini display and thunderbolt variants will be good performers. 2 reasons I won't buy one; It's massive (though stylish enough I suppose), and I'd like to use some of the other MacBook Pro Retina ports while its "docked". The MBPr built in HDMI port is a really solid performer, and would be nice not to have to feed that signal through the dock. Then again, this thunderbolt hub may in fact work as seamlessly as is hoped, in which case HDMI port access really doesn't matter; Will just use an adapter. I'm a bit of an audiophile, and use the digital optical audio signal from the MBPr's 1/8" audio out port, instead of the analog. It's a nice feature that Henge offers two switchable audio outs on the dock, but I sincerely doubt they incorporate an optical jack, as the MBPr does. Also important to note that Apple's optional external CD/DVD SuperDrive uses proprietary controller hardware to prevent it from being used with other computers (don't ask). As a consequence, it must be plugged directly into a MacBook Pro/Air USB port to function properly. This is a well documented "flaw", and cannot be circumvented without using a different brand or rebuilding the SuperDrive.

Despite the thoughtful incorporation of SIX whole USB ports, and the other requisite ports too, I still like the Belkin ExpressDock option better. I'd like to place the dock on a shelf in my cabinet anyway, not on my desk -- the Henge is just too massive. Undeniable necessity if you really have 3 external monitors though, not just one + an HDTV as in my case. Best of luck to Henge though, I bet there's enough of a professional mobile niche market to satisfy demand for it.
So, a third contender for our precious dock dollars. Are we certain there are only these three in the running, or are there still more potentially magnificent Thunderbolt dock concepts out there in the Internet wilds, just waiting to be marketed, then (hopefully) manufactured?

I'll just say this, I'm looking forward to buying the Belkin, so we can all go home.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:18 PM   #434
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Well, glad to see the Matrox DS1 being advertised in MacWorld Magazine, a nice affirmation that products of this sort have a future. Gives me hope for the DS1 aftermarket; Once Belkin ships, then we can get a Matrox for <$200 on Amazon/NewEgg/etc. in 2 months while Thunderbolt remains broadly a debacle.

EDIT: Sadly, my reality, as with most who own very new Apple devices, circumscribes anything "dock" at the moment. THis bizxness is brazenly flamboyant at best circa '13. You'd be better served to go on a shopping spree at your nearest convenience store.

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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:59 PM   #435
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That is one nice looking cable ^.^,

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ta1pkgwnu8...e-2m-Apple.jpg

and at $39+shipping for 2m, it's a heckuva lot better deal than Belk's $45 1m offering -- nice thought that 1m is a better length if you keep the ExpressDock on your desk, otherwise forget about it

Good job Apple marketing department dropping the price on that one, and making third party TB device manufacturers even less able to turn a profit, grumble. Interesting they package it in a 4-inch diameter coil; I wonder if that's for shipping/size efficiency, or that's maximum flex before causing damage?

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Old Apr 20, 2013, 07:47 AM   #436
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Matrox wins

f-it, I'm flat out sick of waiting, I've got better things to do with my life. It's a new year, emphasis on "year", and my rMBP isn't getting any younger. Matrox DS1 ftw. Haven't formally cancelled my Belkin ExpressDock pre-order just yet, but broke down & ordered up DS1 direct from Matrox this past week anyway, and it's worth every penny. A couple less USB 3, no firewire (broke down and bought the Thunderbolt-->Firewire adapter for use on my rMBP second Thunderbolt port anyway, waiting for stupid Belkin to get its act together), but DS1 works flawlessly. Sorry Belkin, go home.
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 04:51 PM   #437
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Belkin has very good reputation, hopefully they can figure out the shipping date soon. Another two good choices are from caldigit and sonnet.
http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation/ is cheaper than any one else and the working unit looks very nice at the show
http://www.thunderbolt4mac.com/caldi...rbolt-station/

caldigit's one costs only 199 bucks where sonnet one costs 549 bucks with everything you need.

sonnet is taking per-order now and ship in summer; caldigit is putting up the waiting list and no indication when they will be release it. http://www.caldigit.com/register/wai...bolt%20Station

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sonnet one at trade show
http://www.thunderbolt4mac.com/sonne...Dock/index.asp
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 05:07 PM   #438
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carestudio, looks pretty groovy, bud. thanks for the links.
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Old Apr 22, 2013, 02:26 AM   #439
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carestudio, looks pretty groovy, bud. thanks for the links.
sure By the way, the apple firewire to thunderbolt adapter is only good for the one who has no need for downstream. That being said if you need to chain more thunderbolt devices, you need two ports thunderbolt docking or devices, or you need to have two thunderbolt port macs such ash rMBP. Belkin, Caldigit and Sonnet are making 2-port docking.
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:03 AM   #440
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Hmm, unable to find/install USB controller drivers for the ExpressDock's three USB 3 ports under Win 7. All works fine in OSX and Win, except for this. Are USB 3 hubs flukey under Win 7 or something, anyway. Can't find any other reports of this on the www, maybe just my Win install or something... Any thoughts?
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Hmm, unable to find/install USB controller drivers for the ExpressDock's three USB 3 ports under Win 7. All works fine in OSX and Win, except for this. Are USB 3 hubs flukey under Win 7 or something, anyway. Can't find any other reports of this on the www, maybe just my Win install or something... Any thoughts?
http://www.belkin.com/us/support

The Win7 DVD/ISO doesn't contain USB 3 drivers, they need to be downloaded.

Another idea would be to open the Device Manager, and look for a device with an error indicator (yellow exclamation point) on its icon. Open the properties panel. Go to the "Details" tab, and look at the property "Hardware Ids".

You'll see something like "USB\VID_050D&PID_0231". Bing for that string. For that string I get a link to http://www.ixitools.com/hwcat/usb_vi...info17388.html which shows:
usb\vid_050d&pid_0231 - Belkin Components Generic USB Hub

Hardware id: usb\vid_050d&pid_0231
Vendor id: vid_050d
Vendor name: Belkin Components
Device id: pid_0231
Device name: Generic USB Hub
GUID: Universal Serial Bus controllers
GUID name: {36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000}
Compatible id: usb\vid_050d&pid_0231
usb\vid_050d&pid_0231&rev_0007
usb\class_09
usb\class_09&subclass_00
usb\class_09&subclass_00&prot_01
In this case "VID_050D" identifies the manufacturer as "Belkin", and the "PID_0231" identifies the Belkin device.

With that info you'll have better luck finding the right driver.
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Old May 11, 2013, 12:49 PM   #442
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Thanks AidenShaw

The device ID reported for this error (code "28") appears to be PCI, not USB.

PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS_0055050D&REV_01\8&4E8C251&0&000000180009

I did try to Bing that but didn't find anything

Used an abbreviated search string, "PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS" and came up with,

"Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series driver manufacturer is Fresco Logic and developed by Fresco Logic in the database contains 2 versions of the Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series matches the hardware PCI\VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS_11001B73&REV_00.Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series compatible with 7 hardwares driver contains 0 binary files."

Bing link was to binarydb.com, with address "http://binarydb.com/driver/Fresco-Logic-xHCI-%28USB3%29-Controller-FL1100-Series-59545.html"

The driver looks like it's for a later version than the device ID that Win 7 came up with. Tempted to give it a try.

I'm gonna' keep tooling around for a better match, or else contact Belkin. Always a good idea to contact the manufacturer direct Thanks for your help.
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Thanks AidenShaw

The device ID reported for this error (code "28") appears to be PCI, not USB.

PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS_0055050D&REV_01\8&4E8C251&0&000000180009
A PCI device would start with PCI. The string that I quoted was for an external Belkin USB hub connected via USB, therefore it started with USB.


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I did try to Bing that but didn't find anything

Used an abbreviated search string, "PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS" and came up with,

"Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series driver manufacturer is Fresco Logic and developed by Fresco Logic in the database contains 2 versions of the Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series matches the hardware PCI\VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS_11001B73&REV_00.Fresco Logic xHCI (USB3) Controller FL1100 Series compatible with 7 hardwares driver contains 0 binary files."

Bing link was to binarydb.com, with address "http://binarydb.com/driver/Fresco-Logic-xHCI-%28USB3%29-Controller-FL1100-Series-59545.html"

The driver looks like it's for a later version than the device ID that Win 7 came up with. Tempted to give it a try.

I'm gonna' keep tooling around for a better match, or else contact Belkin. Always a good idea to contact the manufacturer direct Thanks for your help.
Drivers are often written to support minor revisions of the base hardware, and most installers won't load the driver if it doesn't support the Hardware Id of the device. There's almost never any harm from attempting, and "Last Known Good" is there for those rare occasions.
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Hi again, AidenShaw

Feels like I'm in a bit over my head with this. I sent a customer support inquiry e-mail to Belkin, so maybe they can help out, but their product FAQ does state, "The Thunderbolt™ Express Dock requires Thunderbolt™ enabled Mac computers with an operating system of 10.8.3 or higher." Interesting, because the Matrox DS1, which I was getting ready to pawn on eBay doesn't report any problems with ITS single SuperSpeed USB 3 port in Win 7.

As I'd stated, I did some Bing searches (Google provided similar results) with appended strings for this device's Win 7 ID, with all fingers pointing to Fresco Logic (and really, I have no idea who they are)...

"PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS_0055050" no results

"PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100&SUBSYS" no results

"PCI/VEN_1B73&DEV_1100" Fresco

And so, with your encouragement at my side, I went ahead and downloaded the latest driver package for 64-bit Win 7 (fresco-usb3-v3.5.97.0), and ran the FLUSB3.0-3.5.97.0.x64 Windows installer package, but no love. After installation, and an obligatory restart, I troubleshooted the offending device once again, and Windows still couldn't locate the proper driver set for the device. I'm not as familiar with Windows as I once was, since primarily using OS X for a decade; Am I missing a step? Do I need to point the device manager to the newly installed driver in some way that I have not, or might you suggest that this Fresco driver set is in fact NOT a suitable match?

I may be sending the Belkin Thunderbolt ExpressDock back to sender, as apposed to pawning the entirely functional Matrox DS1, afterall.
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